PreScouter was founded in 2010 in Evanston, IL by four Northwestern University graduate students (two MBAs and two PhDs). The idea for the company was sparked by a seemingly avoidable Tragedy in China and the struggles of a Northwestern alumnus – an R&D Director at a medical device company – in accessing university research.

Initially, the concept was to connect corporate R&D labs to research coming from academia. However, after completing pilot projects with Kraft Foods, UOP (Honeywell) and DSM, the founders realized that corporate leaders were more interested in a broader scope of services, one that included technology landscapes and in-depth investigations of relevant areas of interest, including innovative startups and emerging technologies. Most importantly though, clients were interested in the fresh perspective and unbiased, critical analysis provided by PreScouter’s talented teams of Advanced Degree Researchers (“Scholars”).

Over the past seven years, PreScouter has established a global network of aspiring and accomplished scientists, engineers, economists, analysts, and developers who share a common ambition: to apply their academic knowledge and problem-solving skills to challenges faced in industry.  As the company has grown - having delivered over 1500 projects to more than 300 clients - this "Global Scholar Network" has also grown to include over 2000 Advanced Degree Researchers from five continents, representing the top research universities in the world.
In 2017, PreScouter continues to develop new ways to connect this network of brilliant minds with our clients around the world in order to share knowledge and help advance technology and innovation.